The rest of life


Family

My partner, Joel Bloom, is the Associate Director for Survey Research at UAlbany's Office for Institutional Research, Planning, and Effectiveness. We're both graduates of the University of Michigan's Department of Political Science; I received my Ph.D. in 1998 and Joel got his in 2001. He is a real Michigan political scientist, with expertise in public opinion, voting behavior, race and politics, and survey research. We have three children, Asher, Shira, and Zachary, who relieve us of the responsibility for maintaining any serious hobbies.

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Julie, Joel, and the kids at Yosemite, Spring 2006



Politics

My political interests relate in part to my research but encompass a lot more. These are just a few issues of concern to me in recent years.

I've been active within the discipline of political science on LGBT issues. I am involved in the new Sexuality and Politics section of the American Political Science Association. I recently served on and chaired the Committee on the Status of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, and Transgendered in the Profession. More broadly, I've worked on the issue of same-sex marriage. Here is an op-ed piece on same-sex marriage written in 2004, when Oregon was considering amending its constitution to ban same-sex marriage (Measure 36 passed in November 2004). You can also read my letter to the APSA Council regarding the potential location of the 2012 annual meeting in New Orleans. For a scholarly analysis of my take on same-sex marriage, please see my forthcoming article, "The Miscegenation/Same Sex Marriage Analogy" in Law and Social Inquiry volume 33.2.

Another political issue of concern to me is protection for civil and human rights in the "war on terror." I wrote a quick analysis of Hamdan v. Rumsfeld immediately after the decision was announced in the summer of 2006 and continue to watch litigation over the constitutionality of the Military Commissions Act of 2006. The Center for Constitutional Rights has been the real leader on this issue, handling cases on the behalf of Guantanamo detainees, highlighting abuses in Abu Ghraib, and seeking to litigate against investigative techniques involving torture.

Some sites of interests

For all things academic, there's no better place than the Chronicle of Higher Education, though I also like Inside Higher Ed. The Chronicle has an interesting set of discussion forums where you can get helpful and not-so-helpful advice on nearly anything relating to an academic career.

For discussions relating to race and ethnic politics in political science, I recommend the Race and Politics Blog. Much of the discussion focuses on the academic job market in this field, but there are occasionally interesting threads on substantive research questions, methods, and epistemology.

I read and enjoy a number of blogs, too many (and some potentially too offensive) to list.

I am also intermittently dragged into coaching soccer. Some people seem to think that AYSO stands for "all your Saturdays occupied," but in fact, it's a wonderful program for kids' soccer that is not hypercompetitive. Teams go in most regions from U6 (starting around age 4 1/2 - 5) all the way through high school and are co-ed. AYSO does not have an Albany chapter, but I'm back to coaching in the high pressure environment of K-1 soccer at Southgate Elementary School and I'm an assistant coach for the Latham Circle Soccer Club.